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Westchester Native DMX Released From Federal Prison For Tax Evasion

DMX (Earl Simmons), at left, with unidentified inmate.
DMX (Earl Simmons), at left, with unidentified inmate. Photo Credit: The Jasmine Brand

Westchester native Earl Simmons - you may know him by his stage name, DMX - is a free man after spending a year behind bars for tax evasion.

Last year, the 48-year-old rapper was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Simmons, a Mount Vernon native who grew up in Yonkers, was confined to his Westchester home. His home confinement was revoked last January when he failed a drug test.

On Friday, Jan. 25, Simmons was released, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He had been housed at the Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, West Virginia.

Simmons lived near the Bedford border on McLain Street in Mount Kisco with now-estranged wife Tashera Simmons before putting the home into foreclosure in 2016 after filing for bankruptcy.

From 2010 through 2016, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Simmons concealed millions of dollars from the IRS and avoided paying $1.7 million in tax liabilities.

According to Berman, from 2010 through 2016, Simmons earned more than $2.3 million, but he did not file personal income tax returns during that period, instead, orchestrating a scheme to “evade payment of his outstanding tax liabilities, largely by maintaining a cash lifestyle, avoiding the use of a personal bank account, and using the bank accounts of nominees, including his business managers, to pay personal expenses.”

In addition to the year in prison following a guilty plea made on Nov. 30, 2017, United States District Judge Jed Rakoff ordered Simmons to pay $2,292,200 in restitution to the IRS and sentenced him to three years of supervised release when his term is over.

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